McIntosh, Rising Starr choruses selected for state convention

The McIntosh Men’s Chorus (above) and the Rising Starr Men’s Chorus (below) have been selected to perform at Georgia Music Educators Association annual In-Service Convention. In preparation, the choruses will present a joint concert for the community on Monday, January 22 at First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City. 

Special to Fayette Newspapers

Two local choruses have been selected for a prestigious performance. Both McIntosh High School’s Men’s Chorus and Rising Starr Middle School’s Men’s Chorus are performing at the Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA) annual In-Service Convention, January 25-27, 2018 in Athens, GA. In preparation for their performance, the choruses will present a joint concert for the community on Monday, January 22 at First Presbyterian Church of Peachtree City. The concert is free to all, and starts at 7 p.m.

The Rising Starr Men’s Chorus, under the direction of Christy Todd, has been working extremely hard to prepare for their GMEA show. They were selected as one of only three middle school choirs in the state to perform for music educators at the annual conference, what some call the state championship game of choral singing.

The McIntosh Men’s Chorus began in 2009 under the direction of Hannah Beth Potter with only six on the roster. With much recruitment, over the last nine years it has grown to over 35. At their GMEA performance, they will be one of four high school choirs. This year’s music has been the hardest level of literature they have ever tackled in their history, and they have proven themselves dedicated learners to their music education. Among the group are top 20 students for their class, mathletes, varsity sport athletes, trained dancers, Model UN members, instrumentalists, and a few class clowns. They will debut a piece called “Young Men of America.”

The selection of two local groups speaks to the tremendous support and value placed on the arts by Fayette County Schools and the local community. Together, the choruses will show Fayette County their motto: Real Men Sing!

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